May 28, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterI guess we're all like just like Mike, in some respects. Although none of us has six NBA titles, five MVPs, 10 league scoring titles and 14 NBA All-Star appearances, we do "get out there."
Michael Jordan turned 50 a few weeks ago.
Father time is walking right along side the former basketball mega-star just like he is strolling along with us, the anonymous hicks.
But Mike and Nike were always nagging for us to, "Just Do It," weren't they?
So, let's do it, starting this weekend, at the Dash for Cash, a 5K run and walk event sponsored by P.E.O. to raise funds for a scholarship at Central Wyoming College. You can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Teton Athletic Club.
And there's the Fast and Furious 5K run and walk on June 22 to raise funds to help local pets get care that is needed for families that have financial hardship. The race registration begins at 7:30 p.m. in the CWC Arts Center parking lot, or you can pre-register for the race. More information is at fastnfurry.org. Bring your pets and kiddos to this one.
Sandwiched in between is Big Horn Mammoth Run and Walk 5K and 10K in Worland on June 8.
There are races, some of the very fun variety, this summer in Dubois, Thermopolis, and Ethete.
In Lander, there is the very popular Challenge for Charities, a 2 1/2-month long community fund raising event that peaks with the Lander Half Marathon and 5K on the Fourth of July.
Also near Lander on July 13 is the challenging Wild Iris 5K / 10K Mountain Run that is an out-and-back race that starts from the climbers parking lot at Wild Iris on Limestone Mountain.
Later this summer, on July 27, there are the Go Fremont County! 1K, 5K, 10K and sprint triathlon events to benefit reconstruction of the aged Darce Zimmer recreation trail that parallels North 8th West Street in Riverton.
You can turn around in August and participate in the Lander Sprint Triathlon on Aug. 17.
Both the Riverton and Lander sprint triathlons are part of the Wyoming Multi-Sport Challenge Series that has events all over Wyoming that culminate with the Sibley Lake Triathlon near Sheridan on Aug. 24.
Do your best this summer to get out there.
Planning and participating in some of these events is a great way to stay in touch with friends and refine a healthy lifestyle.
If 5K races aren't your thing, there is so much to enjoy in the outdoor wonder that Wyoming offers. Take your family on a hike or a bike ride. Get to the lake. Camp more. Go fishing. Learn to canoe. Hunt rocks.
Last year, at least two people made the flight from Jackson to Riverton with only the wind as their guide. Want to learn how to do that? The Jackson Hole Paragliders would love for you to join them.
Just do it.
That's what Mike said.
Have a great sports week! Go Big Red!